Bringing the White House jobs tour to Hampton, Virginia, President and Michelle Obama spoke to troops and their families at Joint Base Langley-Eustis about new initiatives to help veterans find jobs. The President outlined how he’s working with the private sector to promote the hiring of veterans and their spouses:
“Back in August I challenged American businesses to hire or train 100,000 post-9/11 veterans or their spouses by the end of 2013. And now, just a few months later, thanks to the many extraordinary companies who are here today, we’re already a quarter of the way there. Already, they’ve committed to train or hire 25,000 veterans and spouses in the next two years.
“This generation of veterans has learned that the challenges don’t end in Kandahar or Baghdad—they continue right here at home. And today, we’re saying to those veterans who fought for us, now we are fighting for you—for more jobs, for more security, for the opportunity to keep your families strong, the chance to keep America competitive economically in the 21st century.”
President Obama’s jobs plan includes tax credits for American businesses that hire unemployed veterans and programs that will help servicemembers transition to the civilian workforce. Learn more about what the President’s plan means for veterans here.